The Mid City community welcomes back one of it’s own for health outreach work.

CFPC has hired Linh Huynh to work as an AmeriCorps member. She will be developing innovative approaches to improving child well-being and reducing the incidence of obesity. She will network with community organizations and facilitate meetings with parents of young children to provide wellness and nutrition education and to identify and respond to community needs around child health.

“I am excited to get this new opportunity with the Child and Family Policy Center,” Linh said. “I’ve always been invested in building relationships directly with people through community outreach. I only hope to continue these foundations, using my education, experiences and cultural awareness to relate to the youth that we will be working with.”

Linh was born in Vietnam, and moved to Des Moines when she was four. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, she spent a year after college in Vietnam working with university students and street youth, developing health and violence-prevention workshops and mentorship programs. Linh has also led citizenship classes with Latino immigrants and life-skills training with Creole students in Chicago, coordinating after-school activities, such as talent shows, along with reading and tutoring for at-risk youth.

The year-long position, which starts Sept. 1, is supported by a grant from the Iowa Public Health Association, and is based on the premise that a critical piece of healthy child development is ensuring that children develop good eating and exercise habits.